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#selfsustain – National support now – a new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part Two – David Beaumont

David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, returns to the Central Blue with the second of his two posts on the relationship between Defence and the national support base, David examines how these issues were addressed in post-Cold War uncertainty. Other than times of clear national emergency, the Australian population does not perceive national security as [...]

#selfsustain – A new narrative for the mobilisation of a nation – Part One – David Beaumont

We welcome David Beaumont, of Logistics in War, back to the Central Blue to continue the #selfsustain series in support of the Williams Foundation’s seminar in Canberra on 11 April 2019. In this first of two posts on how Defence might prepare the national support base for a future war, David examines how these issues [...]

#selfsustain – Interests and Values, and Defence Policy – Alan Stephens

Editorial Note: We welcome back Alan Stephens to The Central Blue. In this thought-provoking piece, Alan asks us to consider the fundamental question of why #selfsustain matters and the tension between values and interests. Defence policy almost invariably reflects friction between a nation’s interests and its values. While ‘interests’ concern the realm of power politics [...]

By |May 5th, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Defence Force, Strategy|0 Comments

A nation needs more than a DIME – Konstantin Khomko

We welcome Konstantin Khomko to The Central Blue with a thoughtful exploration of how we think about national power. He suggests that contemporary circumstances require a more expansive and flexible approach to understand and apply national power more effectively. Sun Tzu wrote that ‘if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not to [...]

By |March 24th, 2019|National Power, Strategy|0 Comments

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat AwakeningsMick Ryan

We are very pleased to welcome Mick Ryan to the #SciFi #AI series with his short story about Jason and the Augo-Strats. The adversary had destroyed two of the new submarines over the past week. In both instances, swarms of mini-submarines using biological propulsion had been able to approach and attach themselves undetected. Their charges [...]

By |January 13th, 2019|AI, Ethics, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat AwakeningsMick Ryan

#jointstrike Thinking to Deter – Andrew Hoffmann

19 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

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#jointstrike Deterring Russia – Hugh White

15 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

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#jointstrike Establishing and Re-establishing Modern Deterrence – Chris Buckley

10 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

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#jointstrike Closing the ADF’s Deterrence Gap – Malcolm Davis

08 August 2018 On 23 August 2018, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar on #jointstrike to discuss the imperative for an independent deterrent. The aim of the seminar is to build a common understanding of the need for an independent joint strike capability to provide Australia with a powerful and potent deterrent [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|#jointstrike, Air Force, Army, Capability Development, Defence White Paper, Future Warfare, Navy, Strategy|Comments Off on #jointstrike Closing the ADF’s Deterrence Gap – Malcolm Davis

Strategy and Air Power Part 4: From Lust to Dust – Peter Layton

  03 June 2018 In the last of his four part series on air power and strategy, Peter Layton argues strategies must be dynamic or they are doomed. Parts one to three can be found here, here, and here. In earlier posts (here, here and here) we discussed three fundamental characteristics of strategy. This post [...]

By |June 3rd, 2018|Air Force, History, Strategy|Comments Off on Strategy and Air Power Part 4: From Lust to Dust – Peter Layton